Giant form

 

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Bicolor Giant'

E. grandiflorum ‘Bicolor Giant’ (Cc. 970206)

Bold and cheerful, bright flowers and later large leaves make a nice show from a distance. Large flowers exhibit in-curved sugary pink spurs under wide, deep raspberry sepals. After bloom, the large new spring leaflets slightly blush with red before turning their summer green. Another giant red similar to ‘Red Queen’ and ‘Orion’, but with a bi-colored bloom. Acquired in from Gotemba Nursery, Japan in 1997 as a “pink grandiflorum”. 16” tall in flower. It has exhibited yellow, rusty orange and maroon fall colors here in Massachusetts.  $22 

Epimedium grandiflorum 'French Braid'

E. grandiflorum ‘French Braid’  (Cc. 960042)   

***2007 Cobblewood Introduction***


This eye-catching, vigorous seedling from Harold Epstein’s garden stands out from the pack with its bright, almost tropical spring leaf coloration. A psychedelic shade of orange flushes the edge of the leaflets that are dissected by luminous chartreuse veins flowing into an all green center. Large, elongated, overlapping leaflets tumble downward in a zig-zag pattern. Large creamy white flowers are borne underneath the expanding leaflets. 14” in bloom.   $12

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Orion'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Orion’  (Cc. 920020)

A giant “red" flowered Epimedium, probably originating from central Honshu in Japan. Grows 14 to 18” tall at bloom time, with large leaflets, and no sec­ond flush of growth. Large violet-red flowers are produced in profusion held below the large, bold leaflets. Flower color reads from a distance in the garden. Named by Dick Weaver.   $12

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Red Queen'

E. grandiflorum   ‘Red Queen’  (Cc. 950055)

Harold Epstein bought this imposing plant in Japan many years ago, and nicknamed it “Red Queen”. As far as we can determine, it was not a named cultivar. Large, vivid, rose-red flowers peek out from under huge leaflets that may grow to 6” long/4” wide. The bold fall foliage of this regal Epimedium sometimes turns shades of pink/orange. To 14”.   $12

Epimedium grandiflorum f. flavescens #2

E. grandiflorum f.  flavescens #2   (Cc. 940550)


Of over 50 distinct clones of E. grandiflorum f. flavescens we grow, this is by far the earliest to bloom with large, pale greenish-yellow flowers held below large, elliptical, bright apple green leaflets. Large, mature leaflets etched by the nearly parallel main veins make a bold, elegant garden statement. From the Kyoto Botanic Garden in Japan, it is very different from other clones circulating in the U.S. 20" tall. $8

Epimedium grandiflorum f. flavescens #3

Epimedium grandiflorum  f.  flavescens #3   (Cc. 950129) 

Originally sold by Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery under the invalid name E. macranthum‘Aureum’. At 14”, it is shorter than most other E. grandiflorum f. flavescens clones offered here.  Beautiful red-copper young leaflets unfurl over large, pale yellow flowers. After bloom, large, bold, oval-shaped leaflets expand to form an impressive mound. Clear yellow fall foliage color.   $8

Epimedium grandiflorum f. flavescens #4

E. grandiflorum  f. flavescens #4  (Cc. 960021) 


Very different from other forms in commerce—almost like a straight E. grandiflorum. 20” tall, with 27 small leaflets per leaf, lightly bronze-tinted in spring. Large soft yellow flowers are held out from beneath the many small leaflets on long peduncles. Thin, wiry red stems arch out over the flowers, enhance the overall graceful textural nature of this clone.  $8

Epimedium grandiflorum f. flavescens #5

E. grandiflorum  f. flavescens #5  (Cc. 970232)  

Reminiscent of E. koreanum ‘Harold Epstein’, with large soft yellow flowers and huge rounded leaflets, nearly as broad as long. However, the rhizomes only grow 2-4” per year, forming a much thicker mass in the gar­den. Large, light yellow flowers. 20” tall.  Rusty red fall color.   $8

Epimedium grandiflorum f . flavescens #6

Epimedium grandiflorum f. flavescens #6 

Cc. 950188
Distinctive for the exaggerated extra points on each terminal leaflet. In spring, the large leaflets have a thin dark bronze edging with an overall light bronze blush. The smooth leaf surface and very delicate spring coloration creates a soft effect. Pale yellow flowers are borne beneath the leaves. 16” in bloom, to 20” tall. Fall ship only$12

Epimedium grandiflorum forma flavescens "Aomori Forms"

E. g. f. flavescens “Aomori Forms” (Sev cl/Cc. #) 

Prof. Stearn’s 1938 Epimedium monograph mentions “Faurie’s robust specimens from Aomori in Honshu, Japan”. Darrell explored the region in 1997. After several inquiries, their host led them to a steep hillside of densely planted Cryptomeria japonica, beneath which grew knee-high Epimediums with leaflets the size of your hand! Spring leaflets often flushed bronze-purple on 15-24” stems. Large, light yel­low flowers open beneath the unfurling leaves. Rhizomes spread 2-4” a year, creating massive clumps over time.   Not available in 2017.

Epimedium koreanum

E. koreanum    (Cc. 970079)

Professor Stearn recognized this plant as a distinct species in his 2002 monograph. The staff at the Chollipo Arboretum in S. Korea generously shared a few clones. The species is reportedly quite com­mon in N. Korea and we have additional clones from multiple sites in N.E. China which is the northernmost range of the species. Quite hardy, probably to USDA Zone 3, this deciduous species is usually the first to drop its leaves, shortly after the first killing frost. Each leaf is composed of 9-15 huge, rounded lime green leaflets circumscribed with a thin red line in spring.  Three to seven huge, light yellow flowers are pro­duced on each stem beneath unfurling leaves in spring. Once established, it spreads vigorously by 6-12” rhi­zomes to form a large colony. An excellent bold-foliaged plant at 15-18” tall. Emerges and blooms later than most Epimediums. Not available in 2017.

 

Epimedium koreanum 'Harold Epstein'

Epimedium koreanum  ‘Harold Epstein’  (Cc. 930004)

A very cold hardy clone with huge flowers for an Epimedium— gor­geous and butter yellow. Named in honor of Harold Epstein by famed plantsman Jerry Flintoff, its enormous leaflets can reach over 6” long and 4-1/2" wide. Spreads 6-8" a year. It usually takes 2-3 years to establish itself and be­come most impressive. The flowers emerge before the leaflets unfurl in early spring. E. koreanum is notorious for just putting up one set of leaves per node each season. If the leaf suffers  damage, the rhizome will remain dormant until the following year. ‘Harold’ is a great bold-textured vigorous ground cover for large areas where it can spread unimpeded. It is especially useful in combination with early spring bulbs for sequential bloom. After bloom the expanding leaves serve as camouflage for the dying bulb foliage. 15" tall. $18 

Epimedium sagittatum 'Warlord'

E. sagittatum ‘Warlord’  (Cc.021191)  

2007 Cobblewood Introduction


 


A very handsome species, long desired for its exceptionally large, arrow-shaped, evergreen leaflets up to 9” long (in fertile soil and full shade). The spring foliage color of this clone is a spectacular mosaic of various shades of maroon covering the entire leaflet. Side leaflets have exaggerated outer lobes. Tiny flowers with white inner-sepals and golden spurs, are produced in congested panicles of 50 or more against the dark, glossy foliage. Grows to 18” tall here with much more narrow leaflets than the typical species. A slow grower, it forms an impressive clump over time.  Not available in 2017.

Epimedium sempervirens 'White Purity'

Epimedium sempervirens ‘White Purity’ (Cc. 950056)

An especially vigorous, large-leafleted form of the species with the largest plant habit of the clones we grow. Harold nicknamed this plant “White Purity” for its large, pristine white flowers that are produced below the leaves. New spring leaves have a bronze cast. 10” tall. Not available in 2017.

Epimedium sp. nov. 'Simple Beauty'

E. sp. nov. ‘Simple Beauty’ (Cc. 022728)  

***2010 Cobblewood Introduction***


A new, as yet unnamed, species collected by Darrell in China that is one of his most favorite. It is a simple leaved seedling/clone of a species new to science that normally has 3 leaflets... and VERY rare as Darrell only found a few of them. The very large and simple corrugated evergreen leaves are just about the glossiest of all Epimediums and can reach over 6” long and 2.5” wide. The new spring growth has a slight flush of red with thin needle-like spines along the margins. Flower stems extend 4-5” above the foliage supporting large flowers with long, sulphur-yellow spurs and light green inner-sepals. Its thick rhizomes grow 8" a year. It has proven to be a great parent.  Photos courtesy of Mark McDonough.  Fall ship only. $35

Epimedium x 'Domino'

Epimedium x ‘Domino’  (Cc. 990614)  

***2004 Cobblewood  Introduction***


Showy panicles of creamy white and maroon flowers highlighted against handsome mottled foliage in spring. Elegant elongated spring leaflets are sponge-painted in various shades of maroon. Deep reddish-purple outer sepals and dark purple pedicels. Forms a 12 inch mound of spiky evergreen foliage with soft spines, covered in a halo of flower stems to 16”.  May re-bloom and produce a second flush of mottled new growth under favorable conditions.  A terrific specimen Epimedium for the garden. $25

Epimedium x 'Hot Lips'

Epimedium x ‘Hot Lips’  (Cc. 031434)     

An E. acuminatum hybrid with multi-toned flowers of hot pink with the long spurred petals being decidedly hotter than the broad sepals. Flower stems are tinged burgundy red. Long narrow foliage emerges a reddish pink. Given a bit of bright shade or moderate sun in the north, the plant can reach 20” high. Its bright blooms and bold foliage draws your eye from quite a distance.  $22

Epimedium x 'Pink Champagne'

Epimedium x ‘Pink Champagne’ (Cc. 990618)

***2007 Cobblewood Introduction***


Perhaps the most all around beautiful Epimedium of those that Darrell has developed so far! Upright, heavy flowered panicles of pink and raspberry flowers float well above handsome, mottled foliage in spring. Medium pink sepals cap the top of each widely-arched spur. From the yellow spur tips that reveal their treasure of nectar, the color changes from white to a rich, berry pink, as if the cup was dipped in raspberry sorbet. Elongated, evergreen medium-sized arrow-shaped leaflets contrast purple mottling against a green background. A vigorous grower, it puts on an incredible show with rebloom if it is happy in its environment. 12" tall with flower stems reaching 16".  $30

Epimedium x rubrum 'Sweetheart'

Epimedium rubrum  ‘Sweetheart’   (Cc. 930007)

***1997 Cobblewood Introduction***


This cultivar easily rivals Hosta as a bold textural garden accent. The first of Darrell Probst's Epimedium introductions, resulting from a 1991 cross he made between E. sempervirens  ‘Candy Hearts’ and E. alpinum. Flowers with dark rose-red sepals bloom above and below the leaves. Leaflets are much larger, darker green and more rounded than is typical. Large, shiny new leaflets bear a thin red rim in spring. Semi-evergreen. 16" tall. A far superior clone, equally as drought tolerant as E. x rubrum.   $10

Iris tectorum 'Slippery Slope'

Iris tectorum ‘Slippery Slope’  

***2010 Cobblewood Introduction***


Darrell has failed endless times growing the Japanese roof iris in our climate. The flower buds die over winter, starting a rot that eventually kills the plant. He collected this much hardier clone at a high elevation in the Dabashan region of southern Shaanxi Province, China. Here they were pulled up and over the icy mountain by a coal truck in Nov. 2000, hence the cultivar name.

As you can see, this clone thrives in half sun on an exposed stony ridge in my garden.  Best with sharp drainage in light shade/part sun. Large 4” violet blossoms emerge in late spring from 2’ × 2’ bright green foliage fans, giving a tropical appearance to an otherwise New England perennial garden. Spreads slowly by fleshy rhizomes to form a massive clump over time, so give it some elbow room!  $15

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